Troops of 192 Battalion, Ikorodu, Lagos have uncovered an international ammunition smuggling syndicate whose latest consignment loaded in a truck heading to Anambra State was intercepted.
The truck load of ammunition was intercepted on Saturday along Ajilete-Owode Road in Yewa North LGA of Ogun State, the Nigerian Army said on Monday.
Army spokesman, Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, said the troops acted on credible intelligence and conducted a rigorous stop and search operation along that route where the truck with registration number ENU 697XY loaded.
He said the truck was loaded with 720 packets of Red Star Cartridges of 12 Calibre, containing 25 cartridges per packet, totalling 18, 000 cartridges and an additional 250 packets of live (black) cartridges containing 10 packets each, totalling 2500 cartridges of same calibre.
“The suspects, identified as Mr. Eric Seworvor, a Ghanaian national, and the driver, Mr Lukman Sani, have been taken into custody and are helping with ongoing investigations.
“Information gathered during preliminary investigation revealed that the ammunition, which were surreptitiously concealed in a supposed empty truck were imported from Mali, via Idiroko International Border, where the criminals had successfully beaten several other checkpoints en-route their final destination in Onitsha, Anambra State, where they intended to deliver the illegal ammunition,” Nwachukwu said.
He said timely intervention by the vigilant troops thwarted the chaos that such volume of ammunition would have unleashed on innocent members of the public, if the criminals had succeeded.
“The Nigerian Army therefore appeals to all law abiding citizens to continue to support the troops and other security agencies with credible and actionable information, as they combat security challenges across the country.
“The Chief of Army Staff, Major General Taoreed Lagbaja has commended the troops for their commitment and urged them not to relent as they strive in synergy with other services and security agencies to provide safe and secure atmosphere for all Nigerians and socio-economic development across the country,” he added.